Story last updated at 5/27/2009 - 11:02 am
KETCHIKAN - A new PeaceHealth Sleep Center has opened at Ketchikan General Hospital. This will provide KGH with the ability to diagnose and treat common sleep problems in Ketchikan. It is estimated that more than 25 percent of the general population suffer from significant sleep disorders. Snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia are common.
David Morison, M.D., Kelvin Lam, M.D., and Stuart Thorson, M.D., Pulmonologists and board-certified sleep disorder experts from PeaceHealth's Sleep Disorders Center in Bellingham, WA, will serve patients in Ketchikan through monthly visits to KGH and through interim telemedicine visits.
The new facility is located within the hospital. It features two comfortable, state-of-the-art, sleeping rooms where patients are monitored while sleeping. Patients are connected to sleep monitoring equipment that collects information about eye and limb movements, brain activity, breathing and heart rates. Data is analyzed by the experts in Bellingham who will work with local physicians to design treatments to correct sleep problems.